Stetson Bennett’s career at UGA ended Jan. 9 after he led the Dawgs to a blowout 65-7 win over TCU and a second consecutive national championship. Very few quarterbacks can claim back-to-back national titles and Stetson, the kid everybody, including me, doubted at some point is one of them.
Herschel Walker is the greatest athlete to ever play at the University of Georgia. Many think he is the best ever to play college football but that is a debate for another time. However, it says here that Stetson is the best football player to ever play for the Dawgs.
He finally wrestled the starting job away from the fourth or fifth quarterback he had to vanquish last season and the team went 14-1. This year, he ran the table with a 15-0 record.
It wasn’t always pretty but Stetson got the job done. He was clutch. When the game was on the line, he always got it done.
Consider these facts. Bennett appeared in four CFP playoff games. He was the offensive MVP in all four.
Over those four playoff games, Stetson completed 79 of 115 passes for 1239 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. He also rushed for three more TDs. Over that four game playoff span, UGA outscored opponents 174-77. Bennett was directly responsible for 90 of those points.
Over his career, the Mailman appeared in 41 games. He completed 601 of 924 passes for 8428 yards, 66 touchdowns and only 21 picks. That’s a pretty good stat line for a walk-on whom the UGA coaches admit they tried to bury on the depth chart to no avail.
Mike Cavan starred at R. E. Lee in Thomaston, playing for his dad the great Jim Cavan. He played quarterback at UGA from 1968-1970. He has stayed around the program for most of his career and is currently director of football administration.
He was he lead recruiter for Herschel back in the day and basically lived in Wrightsville while awaiting the great tailback’s decision which came long after signing day.
Cavan had this to say last week. “I want everyone to understand that Stetson Bennett is the greatest player in the history of UGA.”
I don’t know if Stetson will land a roster spot in the NFl. If he does, he will be an asset to his new team even. But if he never takes a pro snap, he is fixed for life. Finding a top end job won’t be an issue for him. Right now, he is the most eligible bachelor in Athens and that is a hell of locale in which to own that distinction so he may be in no hurry to depart.
Kirby Smart, Jere Morehad and Josh Brooks need to get together right now and retire Stetson’s #13 jersey forever. He has earned it. He’s the greatest of all time!
(Note. After this column was written, Georgia player Devin Willock and football staffer Chandler LeCroy were killed in a traffic accident that injured two others. The crash occurred after the national title celebration in Athens Saturday. Life can swing from triumph to tragedy in the blink of an eye! Live your life with that in mind and pray for the families of those killed or hurt in the accident.)